Un-Cobb Salad

SaladCobb Salad

Composed salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, apple, mango, and dried cranberries.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Like chicken caesar, Cobb salad is one of those standard salads that you can find on practically any American restaurant menu.

It’s a “composed” salad with avocados, bacon, chicken, hard boiled eggs, and tomatoes.

The only problem is that sometimes, just sometimes, you want something a little lighter. Perhaps you had bacon and eggs for breakfast, and you don’t feel like having more at lunch.

This was the dilemma we found ourselves in during a recent trip to Washington DC, wanting a substantial salad for an evening meal, but without all that bacon.

We found a great solution at the Hard Rock Cafe in D.C., in the form of their “Anti-Cobb” salad. Instead of bacon, eggs, and tomato, the Hard Rock salad included mango, apple slices, and dried cranberries.


The following recipe is based on that salad, and is more of a guideline than a precise recipe. I haven’t given any amounts, because it really depends on how much you want to make, and how much of any one of the ingredients you might want in the salad.

Un-Cobb Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes


  • Romaine lettuce, chopped cross-wise in 1-inch strips (or favorite salad greens)
  • Grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped
  • Mango, peeled and chopped (see how to cut a mango)
  • Avocado, seeded, peeled, chopped (see how to cut and peel an avocado)
  • Tart apple, peeled and sliced
  • Dried cranberries
  • Vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing

The Hard Rock Cafe "anti-cobb" salad also has strawberries and supremed orange segments.


Arrange lettuce on a serving platter. Arrange other ingredients in sections on top of the lettuce. Drizzle on salad dressing of choice.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. VPitman

    I just had this for lunch at the Hard Rock, New Orleans and decided to look online for a recipe. First, let’s remember that it was the Hard Rock chefs that came with this… Also, the original is served with a tangerine vinaigrette (which I hardly touched, but it was very good, nonetheless).

    You rarely see mango and cranberry together, but the real surprise was avocado, dried cranberries, and strawberries. That was a very nice combination. I often grill avocado after rubbing lightly with olive oil, and I normally serve it with caramelized red onions and a balsamic reduction, but I may just fill each half with thinly sliced strawberries, mango, and dried cranberries, next time.

  2. Rdklein

    Another hit! It was as good as it looks, easy, vegetarian and kid-friendly! I couldn’t wait even a week to make it and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

  3. tom barr

    I tried this salad for dinner to night my wife and I loved it the mango went very well I used red wine vinegar and fresh olive oil very nice

  4. jonathan

    How could anyone possibly unlike this un-Cobb salad? Make a pretty pile of Danish blue cheese somewhere on that plate, and I’ll follow you around forever like a lost puppy dog.

    Even without the bacon Jonathan? I’m touched. ;-) ~Elise

  5. Patrick

    The recipe seems easy and simple. I wonder how easy it can travel to work or picnic. I am curious to try. Any tips on preventing the browning of avocado if it is to be packed in a lunchbox?

    I would sprinkle the avocado with lemon juice. ~Elise

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